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November 23, 2018

Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade – The End of Tradition 2018

For many years the Macy’s Day Parade had been our family tradition, where we all gather to watch the parades and enjoy the experience.

The last few years though, we have seen a change.  Who was the genius who decided to start the TV coverage with song routines from Broadway Shows?   This might be of interest to New Yorkers, but to anyone else it total BS.  To the children it’s like going on long trip by car and one of them has to pee, they start asking “When are we going to stop?  I have to go to the bathroom” over and over until we stop. When the Broadway routines start the children start saying “When is this going to be over?  We want to tee the parade!”.  Several adults chimed in too this year.  We all agreed last year if this is part of the TV viewing then this will be the end of a family tradition and we can just as easy take a long car trip.

This year the TV presentation was one LONG commercial; from the second it started to the second it ended.  First we have the Broadway Play commercials for the various plays.  But this year was special.  Yes folks, this year to some we had a controversy.  At the end of the Prom Play two women kissed.  It was not a short kiss, like is passing, it was fairly long and a bit passionate.  We smiled and though great, finally they are bold enough to show what life is really about. But to the billions of conservative families all over the world we could feel the horror of the parents when the children all said “Mommy!  You told us that girls never kiss girls!  Mom!  You lied to us!”  Nothing the parents could say would wipe the image out of the children’s minds and later when guests arrive to enjoy dinner, the children would greet them with “Did you see the two girls kissing?” The parents knew that this would be an ongoing for a very long time.  Todays news has some people pissed off  and others happy that this was included.  (We are happy)

After the Broadway Play commercials and in watching the parade we noticed that every float had some obscure singer on the float promoting their latest song release and lip syncing badly as the song blasted out.  Some of our children even noticed that the words did not match the mouth and we all laughed.  True there were two notables singing. Early in the parade Kelly Clarkson was on a float and Diana Ross later on.  All these years we though Diana was six feet under.  So at least we were informed she was alive and “well”.   Diana at first did not have a microphone in her hand and wasn’t singing even though her song was blasting out.  Then she started lip syncing but her hair was being flipped over her face so we could only see her lips moving.

Of course not only did every singer get in a commercial, but the sponsor of every float got a full minute commercial about their product line.  Then of course the TV station (NBC) had to do their official commercials along with everything else.  We remembered a time when the parade was commercial free and the entire event was aimed at families, but that must have been in a place far, far, away and in s different dimension.  Moving on there were commercial free bands from all over the country.  These were the only participants that were commercial free.  We always look for the balloons of various characters that of course had promotions going on, but we mentally tuned them out and enjoyed seeing the traditional characters and which ones were new.  Finally we saw Santa off in the distance and we knew the torture would soon be over.  When the announcer, said “And here is Santa arriving”, click when the remote and we were done.  By the way, we noticed that the announcers these days we usually people from early morning TV shows.  There was a time when “real stars” from TV did the TV announcing but now, all they do is sit there and read commercial scripts.

We made a point of watching the “live” broadcast, and there was only one in our area on NBC. There were years when there were multiple, but not this year which might indicate that the popularity was waning.  We did notice that later in the day several channels were rerunning the parade and we wondered if the “Girl kiss” was edited out.”

So now our tradition has been whittled down to one parade.  That is the New Years Day Rose Parade that does not have Broadway Play promotions as of last year, and basically commercial free.  It’s okay with us that the float sponsors get talked about, because there is usually a story about each one.  The spectators are another story because the “true blue” ones usually camp overnight on the parade route or near as they can get and they usually get interviewed by roving reporters.  Everyone is welcome at the Rose Parade.

We wish all of our followers had a happy holiday and enjoyed Black Friday Shopping.  We will wait with excitement to see what you will be sending us later in the season (Joke).  We hope you make a point to donate some of that cash that you saved to various charity organizations.  Ours this year is to the forest fire victims that lost everything.

We have nothing else to report at this time except to thank everyone who voted in the USA mid-term election and to those outside of the USA thank you for taking the time to come to the USA and vote (Joke for Donnie).  Have a safe weekend and hope to see you soon.  By the way, we once attended the Pasadena Do Dah Parade and that at that time was held on Thanksgiving.  We rented a Winnebago and parked right on the parade route.  We had a blast.

 

 

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February 21, 2018

NBC Olympic Coverage – Free Dance / Daytona 500

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So Monday We are watching the NBC main channel and the Free Dance was very entertaining.  We are amazed by the talent and the amazing tricks/moves.  Then half way through they go to commercial and come back to Men’s Hockey!  Yes, no warning or any mention that after the commercial they were going to Men’s Hockey even though the Free dance was half done.  No mention that we needed to go somewhere else to finish the Free Dance.  NBC screws up again!  Their coverage is the worst in years.  After a few minutes we found the Free Dance on the NBC Sports channel, but we missed a few contestants.  We created a new name for NBC – Nothing But Crap.  

 

NASCAR kicked of this season with the Daytona 500 on Sunday and even though we don’t watch it as much anymore, the Daytona 500 is always a good race.  The race itself was entertaining and the commentators are the best.  Then came the last lap and Austin Dillion  bumped AJ Allmendinger who was in first and cause him to crash.  Austin Dillion should have been disqualified for the blatant pushing AJ out of the way, but the spoiled brat Austin will won’t be because his grandpa is a big time powerful owner in NASCAR.  Then when Austin compared himself to Dale SR. as a driver we almost puked!  The only reason Austin has the #3 is because his grand-daddy owned the number and would not retire it.  Austin thanked the Earnhardt family for giving his team the number when in fact that is not true.  Grandpa must have fibbed to Austin.  Dale E. SR was number 3 and the number should have been retired, not given to a snot nosed kid.  Needless to say “Bye-Bye NASCAR”.

We have nothing else to report at this time and we need to clean the barf off the floor after the Dale DR remark.  Hey “The Voice” Fans its coming back soon!

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February 10, 2018

2018 Olympics in PyeongChang South Korea – Day 1

So the opening ceremonies were a HUGE disappointment when the NBC Commentators said that because of time constraint there were NOT showing the entire ceremony, but if you want to see the entire event go to NBC.sports.com.  We don’t ever remember any opening ceremony not being shown fully.  NBC is doing a crap job in their coverage which they promote 24/7 coverage.  If its 24/7 then why not show the whole thing?  Does NBC think that the viewers want to see 100 hours of Curling? Or probably because the lousy commentators kept lauding the fact the South and North Korea were marching out as one country.  It did not sound to us like they were happy about that, but they are doing such a lame job or they wanted us to think they were the center of the universe in their coverage.  If it was us we would have said “The fact that South and North Korea were marching as one country is awesome and hopefully the beginning of peace in the world.  The person that put this deal together should be proud and get some kind of award like the Nobel Peace Prize.”  Then the presentation of four entertainers singing “Imagine by John Lennon” By John Lennon wit the Peace Doves combining in to one was awesome.

Overall the Korean people did a great presentation as far as what we saw, but NBC made it feel cheap.  We have already complained about the commentators making the Olympic a political event on Twitter (Yes we are on Twitter and Facebook).

So today we set our alarm for the Ski Jumping, which was good.  The commentators were excellent on this event.  The back to sleep and woke up to the Men’s Luge and the commentators on this were good too.  The hour of Men’s Downhill was boring but the Women’s Speed Skating is interesting and we will continue watching.

So the trick is to watch the events, they seem to have good commentators but where NBC is “killing” time commentators are the worst ever.  There must be a cable channel other than NBC that is broadcasting the Olympics and even if it was in a foreign language we will watch it.

We are only through half of the first day and will continue watching on the dreaded NBC holding our finger over the mute button.  So Nothing more right now.  To all out there in Olympic Cyberland have an awesome day watching athletes follow their dreams.

June 2, 2013

The Voice 2013 – Top 6 Preview

Vioce  Last week the Adam lost two of his team and we must admit we were completely shocked.  We had Judith Hill picked as a contender to win it all.  However as we have learned on other reality variety shows, the American viewing audience doesn’t always get it right.  The show itself is still our favorite and now Team Blake has a full three members, which we think two of them are so-so country singers with the 16 year old is just plain awesome.  All the other teams are left with one member.

We will be tuning in tomorrow for what we like to call “The Voice weekly Concert” Top 6 performance night.

The last few days we have been in touch with a very old friend from far – far – away and Brandon, or as we call him “Mr. Lynx”, (his original nickname was Mr. Unix and then he jumped ship) has a friend that really likes the show also.  We were really glad to hear that and hope his friend is enjoying the last few weeks of this season.

Also this coming week America’s Got Talent starts it new season and we are sorry to see that Sharon Osborne will no longer be a judge.  We thought that Sharon was easily the best female judge out of all the “judging” shows running.  She will be missed, but Howie M. is still a judge and we also enjoy his comments.  Sharon will be missed.

On a side note, So You Think You Can Dance started it’s new season a few weeks ago and this was once our favorite show, but when they changed the format last year, we changed our liking.  We have seen a few show this year, but only after we taped it because with it’s schedule is conflicting with The Voice.

We have nothing to add at this time except to say “See you at the Voice Concert”.

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